Sixth Potter book to be published this summer
LONDON - The sixth novel in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will go on sale in Britain and the United States on July 16, publishers said Tuesday.

Study: Oprah's picks are good as gold
PROVO, Utah - A new study confirms what many already knew: Oprah Winfrey's book endorsements are good as gold to publishers.

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer
LONDON - The sixth novel in J.K. Rowling's blockbuster Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," will go on sale in Britain and the United States on July 16, publishers said Tuesday.

Study: Oprah's picks are good as gold

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer

Sixth Potter book to be published this summer

Dodgers back out of Johnson deal
EW YORK - Confident their deal to acquire Randy Johnson had been finalized, top Yankees' officials headed to Florida on Tuesday to see Carlos Beltran. By the time their meeting with the star outfielder was over, the trade for the Big Unit had fallen through.

Glover excels in the game of determination
If you have the latest copy of Sports Illustrated - the one with Peyton Manning on the cover - turn to page 34. There you'll find the magazine's "Faces in the Crowd" series.

Glover excels in the game of determination

Expos' deal on brink of collapse
WASHINGTON - With the deal to bring the Montreal Expos to Washington on the brink of collapse, the head of the District of Columbia Council put the stadium financing legislation on the agenda for Tuesday's meeting.

Health care should not get a holiday

Man pays town's electricity bills
ANTHON, Iowa - Home and business owners in this northwest Iowa town of 650 people were a little shocked at the Christmas gift they got from retired farmer Richard Hamann and his wife, Donna.

Guinea pig safe after parachute jump
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - An Indiana University student has admitted tossing a guinea pig tied to a makeshift parachute out of an eighth-floor dormitory window, police said.

Wrong John Kerry gets New York's electoral votes
WASHINGTON - Even John Q. Public knows the middle initial of losing presidential candidate John F. Kerry. But New York's 31 electoral college votes are currently on the books for some guy named John L. Kerry.

Center brings inflatable fun indoors
Kristen and Mike Small like to see children bouncing off the walls - so long as it's in one of their inflatable jumping pens.

Leading indicators reverse decline
The Index of Leading Economic Indicators, a widely watched gauge of future economic activity, rose in November, reversing a five month trend, a private research group reported Monday.

Tax overhaul may be more incremental
WASHINGTON - President Bush's campaign to make the tax code simpler, fairer and more pro-growth is likely to involve incremental changes to the current system rather than a sweeping effort to scrap the venerable income tax for a radically new approach, such as a national sales tax.

More discounting expected amid weak sales
NEW YORK - Retailers are expected to increase discounting in the final days before Christmas after a late-buying binge failed to materialize during the last weekend before the holiday. And that's fueling worries that industry profits could be hurt in the fourth quarter.

More discounting expected amid weak sales

Crude oil prices decrease
SINGAPORE - Oil futures dipped below $46 a barrel Monday as traders assessed a cold snap in the United States that helped drive prices sharply higher last week.

Tax overhaul may be more incremental

Wall Street's Bronze bull goes on sale
NEW YORK - The beloved bull sculpture that symbolizes Wall Street capitalism is for sale, and bidding starts at $5 million. But any prospective buyer will have to keep the 7,000-pound bronze "Charging Bull" where it is, in a park near the New York Stock Exchange, said its creator.

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Crude oil prices decrease

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Wall Street's Bronze bull goes on sale

Businesses feel increase's pinch

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike

Division will buy hospital agencies

Division will buy hospital agencies
Though once nearly busted, one local health care company is on track to boom. CareSouth Homecare Professionals, a national home health care provider based in Augusta, announced Monday that it will purchase parts of Tenet Healthcare Corp.

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike

Businesses feel increase's pinch
Georgia Power's 4.2 percent rate increase approved Tuesday by state regulators means the average homeowner will pay an extra $3 a month. But for businesses and industry, the tab will be a lot more.

Business briefs
Morris Communications Co. LLCs publishing division announced Tuesday that three of its daily newspapers, the Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News, the Athens (Ga.) Banner Herald and the Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche Journal, have selected CareerBuilder.com to power their new online job search centers.

Tuberville set to reap rewards
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville soon will be rewarded for leading the Tigers to one of their best seasons.

Spurrier finalizes coaching staff
COLUMBIA - Coach Steve Spurrier has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Tyrone Nix to help coach South Carolina's defense, the athletics department announced Monday.

Spurrier finalizes coaching staff

Tuberville set to reap rewards

No. 4 North Carolina tramples Vermont

King reigns supreme at Hephzibah course

Serious resolve can drop pounds
It happens every Jan. 1. That's the one day we make a commitment to making a change. In fact, nearly half of all American adults undertake a behavior-change program starting that day. We're ready to get going, yet most of us will not make it past the first week. According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, even among those who make serious attempts at change, 30 percent will drop out within two weeks, and less than half will make it past six months. Not very encouraging, is it? Yet, by following a few simple tips we can significantly increase our odds of losing weight and keeping it off in the New Year.

Unwise tax break
Richmond County School Board trustee Helen Minchew got it right when she said that if lawmakers give a tax exemption to any group, they can't take it back.

Not just a fetus

Person of the Year

Not just a fetus
Some people were reportedly skeptical when Nodaway County. Mo., Sheriff Ben Espey insisted on issuing an Amber Alert for an 8-month fetus that was ripped from the womb of a strangled mother last week.

Unwise tax break

Person of the Year
Time magazine got it right with the choice of President George W. Bush as the 2004 Person of the Year. Who had a larger impact on the nation and the world? That's the main criterion the magazine's editors use to make the designation.

Rumsfeld shamed
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been coming under a lot of heavy criticism lately, even from some Republicans, for his perceived failures in the conduct of the Iraq war.

Don't make hate a crime
Georgia's newly elected, Republican-controlled General Assembly hopes to enact legislation next year that it had on its agenda in previous years, but couldn't pass because it was in the minority.

Don't make hate a crime

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant
NEW YORK - Action film star Wesley Snipes sued the city Monday, charging that it had no jurisdiction to seek his DNA in a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman he said was crack-addicted and mentally ill.

People in the News
LOS ANGELES - Actor Josh Brolin was cited for misdemeanor domestic battery over the weekend after his wife, actress Diane Lane, called police during an argument at the couple's home.

Prosecutor: Blake killed wife after stuntmen refused
LOS ANGELES - Robert Blake murdered his wife after two stuntmen he solicited refused to commit the crime, a prosecutor told jurors Monday in opening statements for the actor's trial.

Dick Clark to remain hospitalized
BURBANK, Calif. - TV personality-producer Dick Clark will spend Christmas, and perhaps New Year's Eve, in a hospital where he's recovering from a mild stroke, his spokesman said Tuesday.

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant
NEW YORK - Action film star Wesley Snipes sued the city Monday, charging that it had no jurisdiction to seek his DNA in a paternity suit filed in Indiana by a woman he said was crack-addicted and mentally ill.

People in the News
NEW YORK - "Fat Actress" star Kirstie Alley has signed a deal to appear in ads for the Jenny Craig weight-management program.

Report: Rentals unaffordable to nation's poor
WASHINGTON - Most Americans who rely on just a full-time job earning the federal minimum wage cannot afford the rent and utilities on a one- or two-bedroom apartment, an advocacy group on low-income housing reported Monday.

Tips on end-of-year tipping

Tips on end-of-year tipping
NEW YORK - Todd Happer is making a list, checking it twice. It's not a roster of gifts for family and friends, but rather that annual painful run-down of who to tip this holiday season.

Report: Rentals unaffordable to nation's poor

Philly has top tippers; Atlanta a close second
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia is tip-top when it comes to tipping. A new Zagat Survey ranks Philadelphians as the nation's best tippers, leaving an average 19.2 percent gratuity.

Holiday cookie baking secrets
WILTON, Conn. - It's the time of year when even non-bakers push up their sleeves and get out the baking equipment. Making cookies is a family activity that works well because it spans the generations - and, of course, eating cookies seems to know no age boundary either!

Holiday cookie baking secrets
WILTON, Conn. - It's the time of year when even non-bakers push up their sleeves and get out the baking equipment. Making cookies is a family activity that works well because it spans the generations - and, of course, eating cookies seems to know no age boundary either!

Roast goose is a Christmas classic
Goose has a long history as traditional Christmas fare, especially in Europe - where, of course, they didn't have turkeys until such New World novelties began to catch on.

Holiday cookie baking secrets

At most chains, nutritional details aplenty
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - For the past year, many of the nation's chain restaurants have trumpeted their efforts to give consumers helpful details about the food they serve - from calories to carbs.

At most chains, nutritional details aplenty

Roast goose is a Christmas classic

Holiday cookie baking secrets

Snapper is star of tasty dish
This simple dish is low-fat - but it's also tasty, colorful and nutritious. The seasoned red snapper is combined with spinach and tomatoes, and garnished with lemon wedges. Serve with either rice or dinner rolls, and you've got a meal ready in about 20 minutes.

Holiday cooks can find help with hotlines

Roast goose is a Christmas classic
Goose has a long history as traditional Christmas fare, especially in Europe - where, of course, they didn't have turkeys until such New World novelties began to catch on.

Holiday cooks can find help with hotlines
Toll-free telephone services and Web sites offer a variety of specialist answers to cooking and food-safety questions during holiday preparation times. Here are some of them:

Roast goose is a Christmas classic

Ball leads Tech in victory over Syracuse
ORLANDO, Fla. - Reggie Ball listened to the debate about his future as Georgia Tech's quarterback for nearly a month.

Georgia Tech is a long way from '91 bowl win
ORLANDO, Fla. - Georgia Tech followers fondly remember the last time their favorite football team played in Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium.

Ball leads Tech in victory over Syracuse

Georgia Tech is a long way from '91 bowl win

Eighty-seven get the call for Masters
The Masters Tournament will have a guy named Palmer playing at Augusta National next year - just not the King.

Five Nationwide grads earn spot at the Masters
The Masters will have a guy named Palmer playing at Augusta National next year - just not the King.

Prep Basketball Scores

Prep Basketball Scores

Holiday hoopla

Knights upset 'Pack for title

Rawls finds focus in semifinals

Monkey muffins delectable for guests
Cinnamon-scented, sweet and oh so gooey, monkey bread is a popular morning concoction of dough, sugar and butter that is practically irresistible.

Health care should not get a holiday
Christmas can kill you. It's true. Researchers at the University of California San Diego reported that more Americans die of heart attacks and other natural causes on Christmas Day, the day after and on New Year's Day than any other days of the year.

Georgia Power approved for 4.2 percent rate hike
ATLANTA - The Georgia Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved the first rate increase for Georgia Power since 1991, though the 4.2 percent boost was considerably less than the utility company had requested.

Guilty plea for Schrenko's former campaign manager
The former manager of Linda Schrenko's failed 2002 gubernatorial campaign has pleaded guilty to a federal judge on a charge of attempted witness tampering.

Dentist indicted for 1990 death of Augusta dental student
A Richmond County grand jury indicted a Gwinnett County dentist today in the June 6, 1990, death of an Augusta dental student.

Enjoy holidays with books
After viewing the Christmas parade in Augusta, I thought I would share more things to do to bring families together this holiday. Now that the children are out of school, take them to the library. Terri Kimbrel Saturday, Lincolnton

Schools lack community
Our public schools 40 years ago produced world-class scholars of all races. Today, our public schools spend billions on administrators, police forces, consultants, buses, stadiums, new facilities, studies, tutors, alternative schools, night schools, meals and kindergartens, and we get pupils who steadily fall below world standards. William Jackson, Augusta

Enjoy holidays with books

President, troops need our support

Article attacks fine judge
I have known Senior Judge Bernard Mulherin as a close personal friend for more than 40 years. I have never met a person with a higher level of integrity. Zachry Everitt, Augusta

Give the gift of a job this Christmas
For the thousands your local Goodwill has helped go to work since 1996, thank you for giving. On behalf of the thousands who need our help, I ask for your continued investment. Meredith Vasquez, Augusta

ACLU has its roots in communism
The American Civil Liberties Union, organized in 1920, was a communist front from day one. Its founders were Harry Ward, chairman; Roger Baldwin, director; and Louis Budenz, publicity director. Andy Windham, Wagener, S.C.

Life does begin at conception
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Mike Fulford, Evans

President, troops need our support
I cannot believe you published the letter from E. Maner ("Bush's ineptitude shows strongly," Dec. 11). Sondra Gillespie, Augusta

France, world body are bad
Hundreds of years ago, France was a world power. Its empire extended to control much of Europe. It had many island possessions and vast tracts of land in North America, and a large army and navy. Carl Raforth, Augusta

ACLU has its roots in communism

Article attacks fine judge

Facial acupuncture gaining popularity

Take your 'Life' test

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on

Seniors calendar

Study: no relation between holidays and dying

Answers to 'Life' test

Study: no relation between holidays and dying

Health and fitness calendar

New initiative puts focus on medical history

Lung cancer may be linked to Gulf War fires
WASHINGTON - Veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War exposed to pollution from oil well fires, exhausts and other sources may face an increased risk of lung cancer, a government advisory group reported Monday.

Take your 'Life' test
It's a holiday classic, and although it's already aired once this season, you'll get a second chance to see It's a Wonderful Life at 8 p.m. Christmas Day on WAGT-TV (Channel 26).

Health and fitness calendar
The health and fitness calendar is a listing of support groups, activities and lectures.

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Antarctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas.

Ozone hole pulls back, but danger linger on
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile - The worst of the ozone hole has pulled back once more to Antarctica this southern spring, leaving behind a shadow of uncertainty for the people living at the bottom of the Americas.

Study: no relation between holidays and dying
CHICAGO - Death takes no holiday, according to a study that challenges the widely held notion that dying people can somehow hold on until after Christmas or other important events in their lives.

Facial acupuncture gaining popularity
ALBANY, N.Y. - Paula Scardamalia has pins in her face - nine tiny ones angling out near her eyes, mouth and jaw.

Study: no relation between holidays and dying
CHICAGO - Death takes no holiday, according to a study that challenges the widely held notion that dying people can somehow hold on until after Christmas or other important events in their lives.

Seniors calendar
The Seniors Calendar lists activities and groups of interest to senior citizens. Call the service agencies for information. To have your activity listed, write to Seniors Calendar, The Augusta Chronicle, P.O. Box 1928, Augusta, GA 30903.

Answers to 'Life' test
Here are the answers to the "It's a Wondeful Life" test.

New initiative puts focus on medical history
Ah, the holidays. It's the perfect time to kick back and bask in the goodwill of friends, family and neighbors, and oh, while you're at it, why not ask Uncle Frank about his prostate cancer?

Don't look for return of Lynx captain

Don't look for return of Lynx captain
Judging from the talks he's had with the staff of the AHL's Portland Pirates, Augusta Lynx coach Stan Drulia thinks Chris Hajt's return to Augusta is unlikely.

Commission will discuss powers

Grandmother worries about four children
An Augusta woman raising her youngest daughter and four grandchildren is asking for help this Christmas to buy presents and food for them.

Kid of the Day
Destiny DAsia Daughtry is today's Kid of the Day.

Judge declines to restore job of fired coach
ATLANTA - The University of Georgia's fired cheerleading coach can't have her job back yet, a federal court judge ruled Monday, saying she hadn't shown she was likely to win her lawsuit against the school's athletics association and the state Board of Regents.

Rants and raves
Comments from readers:

Across the Southeast
SCOTT DEPOT, W.VA. - The 17-year-old granddaughter of Jack Whittaker, the winner of the nation's biggest undivided lottery jackpot, was found dead Monday along a country road, more than two weeks after she disappeared.

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for this week include:

Georgian's grass will become turf for Super Bowl
RIDDLEVILLE, Ga. - Watch-ing the grass grow has been anything but boring for Phillip Jennings, who for more than a year has been fussing and fretting over every blade, bug and brown spot on a special 4-acre field.

Aiken needs help to restrict train speeds
AIKEN - The Aiken County Council was told Tuesday night that it doesn't have the muscle to regulate train speeds through Midland Valley.

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - Almost 100 dogs and more than a dozen hogs have been confiscated in South Carolina as part of a state and federal law enforcement raid on an animal-fighting operation in Chester County.

Hanging around
Steven Sandwich, 6, of Martinez, crosses the monkey bars as he plays during a chilly afternoon at Goodale Park in Grovetown. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s today.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - The Rev. Jesse Jackson wants Georgia to enact a law against racial profiling after a grand jury decided not to indict a Columbus deputy who shot an unarmed black man to death.

Across Georgia
ATLANTA - Georgia's public health laboratory has confirmed the state's first case of influenza this season.

Georgian's grass will become turf for Super Bowl

Felony charges dropped against tainted cake girls
ATLANTA - Felony assault charges have been dropped against two girls who were accused of serving poisoned cake to classmates, a lawyer for one of the girls said Tuesday.

Simulators train for life

Augusta mourns hero of baseball
Many of Augusta's old-time baseball players were in mourning after learning of the death Tuesday of one of the sport's local heroes, A. Woodrow "Woody" Davis.

Rants and Raves
Comments from readers:

Kid of the Day
Lacecia (Lacey) Doe is today's Kid of the Day.

Across Georgia

News you can use
Activities and entertainment events scheduled for today include:

Across the Southeast

County forms arena board
A board that will look at the feasibility of a sports and entertainment arena in Columbia County officially was formed at Tuesday's Columbia County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Across the area

Plan for Lowe's is OK'd by panel
NORTH AUGUSTA - The city council voted unanimously Monday to approve a development plan for a Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse, despite protests from a developer who said the city left him in the cold.

Mother also cares for sister's children

MCG draws Chinese doctors
Yan Xia will be one of the first to complete a doctoral degree exchange program between two Chinese universities and the Medical College of Georgia. But she is just the latest in a long and growing link between the Asian superpower and Augusta, which is home to many new and longtime Chinese residents.

Plan for Lowe's is OK'd by panel

Bomb squad blows up warhead
SAVANNAH, Ga. - A fisherman's tip led police to a 10-year-old warhead on the west side of the city Monday afternoon.

Across South Carolina

SUV is pulled out of ravine
Richmond County authorities spent part of Tuesday morning fetching an SUV out of a ravine near the Augusta Canal.

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs

Brick by brick
Brick layer Stanley Martin, of Augusta Masonry, works on a wall to the parking lot behind the Wachovia Bank building along Reynolds St. Higher temperatures Tuesday made working outside more pleasant than on recent afternoons.

Many are delighted with toy handout

Schrenko worker pleads guilty
ATLANTA - The former manager of Linda Schrenko's failed 2002 bid for governor became the second person to plead guilty in connection with a federal indictment against the former state school superintendent.

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs

Mother also cares for sister's children
An Augusta woman caring for her children and the children of her dying sister cannot afford gifts for them this year unless she receives assistance.

News you can use

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs
ATLANTA - Power to control the state's purse strings passes to Republicans next month after years of carping from the back bench that Democrats were strangling the state budget with pork-barrel spending and new debt.

Dentist indicted for 1990 death of Augusta dental student

Felony charges dropped against tainted cake girls
ATLANTA - Felony assault charges have been dropped against two girls who were accused of serving poisoned cake to classmates, a lawyer for one of the girls said Tuesday.

Voting plan causes rift in commission

Voting plan causes rift in commission
Augusta commissioners insist they're not racially divided, but on Tuesday they were. Proposals to change city government voting structure caused a split one spectator called "a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon."

Brick by brick

Across the area
Aiken County sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious fire that damaged a house in North Augusta early Tuesday.

County forms arena board

Across South Carolina
COLUMBIA - A federal judge put off ruling whether a man convicted in an Horry County kidnapping should receive a new trial because the jury forewoman contacted news organizations before a death sentence was imposed.

Across South Carolina

Counties make plans to cope with cold
Weather forecasters and emergency management geared up Monday for what were expected to be some of the lowest temperatures of the year today.

Opt-out is safe, officials assure
School officials wanted Augusta legislators to change the tax exemption for senior citizens, but at least two state representatives say it won't happen.

Groups seek burning ban change
Outdoor burning restrictions will take effect next year from May to September in Richmond and Columbia counties, but local groups still hope to amend the rules to minimize losses to developers and home builders.

Guilty plea for Schrenko's former campaign manager

Home market doesn't panic
AIKEN - The steady flow of retirees, horse people and new businesses to Aiken County should compensate for the expected loss of as many as 2,000 employees at Savannah River Site in the next two years, local developers and home builders said Monday.

Counties make plans to cope with cold

Commission will discuss powers
Augusta Commission members today are expected to discuss giving the mayor veto power and changing the number of votes to pass a measure from a minimum of six to a majority of those present.

Hanging around

Board plans vote on highway toll
ATLANTA - The state Department of Transportation Board has tentatively scheduled a Jan. 5 vote on whether to enter into an agreement with a company that wants to turn Georgia Highway 316 into a limited-access toll road by 2011.

Officers save stranded man
A Columbia County man stranded Monday night on an island at Thurmond Lake was recuperating Tuesday after his rescue by Georgia Wildlife Resources Division officers and other emergency personnel.

Groups seek burning ban change

Home market doesn't panic

Simulators train for life
The training of U.S. soldiers is now being done on an Xbox. The Army formed a partnership with video game designers and Microsoft Corp. to create Full Spectrum Warrior, a game that contains actual training in urban combat.

MCG draws Chinese doctors

Many are delighted with toy handout
Less than a week after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, the Godfather of Soul appeared in good spirits Tuesday at Augusta's Imperial Theatre for his annual Christmas toy giveaway.

Across the area

Opt-out is safe, officials assure

Kid of the Day

Kid of the Day

Georgia revenues up but so are state's needs
ATLANTA - Power to control the state's purse strings passes to Republicans next month after years of carping from the back bench that Democrats were strangling the state budget with pork-barrel spending and new debt.

Across the area
An Evans home was extensively damaged in a fire Monday afternoon. No one was injured in the blaze, which officials say occurred at about 2:20 p.m. while the homeowner was away.

It's never too late to bring back winners
They are such easy and universal marks because they require such simple and reasonable fixes.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations
LOS ANGELES - You can choose your friends, but not your family. And as Ben Stiller learns again in "Meet the Fockers," you can't choose your in-laws.

At the Movies: 'Meet the Fockers'
"Meet the Fockers" could have been one of those sequels that tries desperately to capitalize on the unexpected success of the original movie - in this case, "Meet the Parents," which was a huge hit in 2000.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations

At the Movies: 'The Phantom of the Opera'

At the Movies: 'Meet the Fockers'

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations
LOS ANGELES - You can choose your friends, but not your family. And as Ben Stiller learns again in "Meet the Fockers," you can't choose your in-laws.

'Fockers' spins latest movie farce on in-law relations

At the Movies: 'The Phantom of the Opera'
You can't exactly go small when you're doing a movie adaptation of an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. (Although a cinema verite version of "Cats," shot with hand-held digital video and starring actual felines, could only be an improvement.)

Bush: Iraq bombers 'are having an effect'

Text of President Bush's news conference

Text of President Bush's news conference
The following is a transcript of remarks by President Bush at a press conference: Room 450 Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building 10:32 A.M. EST

Bush: Iraq bombers 'are having an effect'
WASHINGTON In a sobering assessment of the Iraq war, President Bush acknowledged Monday that Americans' resolve has been shaken by grisly scenes of death and destruction and he pointedly criticized the performance of U.S.-trained Iraqi troops.

Injured O'Neal out of Tuesday's game

Injured O'Neal out of Tuesday's game
MIAMI - Heat center Shaquille O'Neal was held out of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Celtics because of a bruised left calf.

No. 4 North Carolina tramples Vermont
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Stuck in traffic and fuming, Rashad McCants kept control of his emotions. He did the same later when North Carolina coach Roy Williams told him he wouldn't be starting.

Darius fined for hit on Packers' Ferguson

Hall continues to learn at CB

Mora: Falcons are still playing to win

Dolphins stun Patriots

Colts focus on playoffs

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Ms. Maggie Freeman    (AUGUSTA, Ga.)
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Mr. David H. L. McGee (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Mary Lowery McCoy (NEW YORK, N.Y.)

Mrs. Alma Raiford Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Julius M. O'Bannon (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Miss Candice Lovett (STATESBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Elaine Edney Miller (PETERSBURG, Va.)

Mrs. Barbara Louise Hooper (WARNER ROBINS, Ga.)

Mr. Alonzo Nicholson (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Gorman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Ms. Mary Broadwater (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rebecca S. Harper (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. Willie Charles Hunt (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Mr. Charles Meeks (MCBEAN, Ga.)

Mrs. Lucille Luba Cordek (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Ezekiel Nelson (WAYNESBORO, Ga.)

Deacon Walter Williams, Sr. (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Willie Mae Baker (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Thomas L. Hammond (MCCORMICK, S.C.)

Mr. Carlos Isadore Giles, Jr. (SANDERSVILLE, Ga.)

Ms. Maggie Freeman (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Flodell Sellers (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Ann Gorman (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. Allen Dunbar, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mr. James Edward Meadows (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Albert S. Redd (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. William (Bill) Smith (WARRENTON, Ga.)

Mr. James Mayo (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Leora Johnson (MILLEN, Ga.)

Mr. Alonzo Nicholson (QUEENS, N.Y.)

Mr. A. Woodrow Davis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Ruth Toney Branham (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Otis Cave Jr. (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Ray Canaday, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Reeves (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. C.R. "Billy" Strickland (LINCOLNTON, Ga.)

Mrs. Joann Hill (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Rudolph Reeves (SPARTA, Ga.)

Mr. Ray Canaday, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Christine A. Hopkins (GROVETOWN, Ga.)

Mrs. Effie Blackwell Hodge (HARTSVILLE, S.C.)

Mr. Dale A. Meisinger, Sr. (NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C.)

Mrs. Rosa Lee Bryan Graham (ALLENDALE, S.C.)

Mr. Barry Lee Gatch (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mr. Franklin Lee Norris, Jr. (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Rosa Crawford (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary Lewis (DUBLIN, Ga.)

Mr. George Sarandis (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Mary S. Harveston (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Sallie Kate Wilson Ware (SWAINSBORO, Ga.)

Mrs. Alma Raiford Jennings (GRANITEVILLE, S.C.)

Ms. Karen L. Person (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

Mrs. Lennie U. Powell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Donald Leroy Null (WARRENVILLE, S.C.)

Mrs. Lennie U. Powell (THOMSON, Ga.)

Mr. Bracy Ralph Wills (AIKEN, S.C.)

Miss Catherine R. Scott (BEECH ISLAND, S.C.)

Overtime

Overtime

Overtime
In Athens, Greece, an Olympic doping laboratory was charged Monday with destroying a sample that belonged to gold medalist cyclist Tyler Hamilton.

Overtime
Masters Tournament champion Phil Mickelson has decided to skip the winners-only Mercedes Championships at Kapalua to start the new season, instead making his 2005 debut in the Buick Invitational near his hometown of San Diego.

Bennett leads her team to 3 region titles
Sunni Bennett doesn't play basketball, but she stars at point guard for Greenbrier. She plays the volleyball equivalent of point guard for the Wolfpack, leading the team vocally on the court.

Holiday hoopla
Hephzibah's Catron Gainey (left) goes up for two points as North Augusta's D'Juan Thurmond tries to defend. They played in the second game of the Holiday Round Ball Classic at the T.W. Josey Roundtree athletic complex.

Prep Basketball Scores

Knights upset 'Pack for title
Traditionally, playing the Columbia County Christmas Tournament has been a mere formality. The Greenbrier boys basketball team has won the tournament five out of the seven years it has played.

Prep Basketball Scores

Rawls finds focus in semifinals
It's a struggle for Cross Creek girls basketball coach Kim Schlein to get her players to stay focused for an entire game.

Colts focus on playoffs
INDIANAPOLIS - Ask Tony Dungy about the playoffs, how he'll approach the last two games or where his Indianapolis Colts could improve, and he has answers ready.

Mora: Falcons are still playing to win
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Coach Jim Mora insists the Atlanta Falcons will make every effort to win at New Orleans this weekend.

Hall continues to learn at CB
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Ed Donatell thinks DeAngelo Hall has the attitude, intelligence and skills to become a great NFL cornerback.

Dolphins stun Patriots
MIAMI - Their running back quit, their coach resigned and their season is in a shambles. But for some reason the Miami Dolphins kept trying against the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots, even when they trailed by 11 points with three minutes left.

Darius fined for hit on Packers' Ferguson
NEW YORK - Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius was fined $75,000 by the NFL on Tuesday for a hit across the neck of Green Bay's Robert Ferguson that left the wide receiver temporarily paralyzed.

Kelly Perdew ready to boot up as 'The Apprentice'
NEW YORK - When Kelly Perdew was listening to executives and former candidates from NBC's "The Apprentice" commend his work during the behemoth three-hour finale of the 15-week job interview, he wasn't imagining what his business cards would look like just yet.

'The Apprentice' gives job, loses audience
LOS ANGELES - The audience for "The Apprentice 2" finale was down sharply over last season, but NBC isn't ready to fire Donald Trump: He still gave the network its top-rated show for the week.

Kelly Perdew ready to boot up as 'The Apprentice'

'The Apprentice' gives job, loses audience

People in the News

Dick Clark to remain hospitalized

People in the News

Wesley Snipes seeks to void N.Y. arrest warrant

Prosecutor: Blake killed wife after stuntmen refused

Request to retore cheerleading coach's job rejected
ATLANTA - Fired University of Georgia cheerleading coach Marilou Braswell on Monday was denied her request to be reinstated and was told by a federal judge that she faced an uphill battle in her lawsuit against the university.

Request to retore cheerleading coach's job rejected

Spurrier rounds out coaching staff
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Coach Steve Spurrier has completed his coaching staff with the hiring of Tyrone Nix to help coach South Carolina's defense, the athletics department announced Monday.

Gamecocks grab victory

Spurrier rounds out coaching staff

Gamecocks grab victory
MOBILE, Ala. - Carlos Powell hit a layup and Tarence Kinsey made two free throws in the final minutes, leading South Carolina to a 57-53 victory over East Carolina on Monday in the first round of the Coors Classic.

King reigns supreme at Hephzibah course
Yes, Doug King Jr. broke Rick Hamilton's stranglehold on the men's club championship title at Pointe South Golf Club, but no, King doesn't consider himself the best player at the Hephzibah course.

Question of the Week
Q: Should student athletes be tested for steroids?

Xtreme calendar
AVAILABLE ON DVD AND VHS: He'd be a loser if he weren't so likeable. See Jon Heder try to prove he's not a nobody in Napoleon Dynamite.

My style
Ashley L. Taylor, 16, is a junior at Cross Creek High School.

Question of the Week

My style

Boy must get help for his suicidal girlfriend
This week's problem: I have a crush on a girl at school, and she wants to go with me. I would not mind going out with her but I have a girlfriend, and she is crazy, and she might try to kill herself or something. So what should I do?

Audio best

Audio best
Weekly charts for the nation's best-selling recorded music as they appear in Billboard magazine. Platinum signifies more than 1 million copies sold:

Holiday is time for family, friends, carols blasting 24/7
I love December. I love winter. I love shopping. I love snow. I love family get-togethers. So it's a no-brainer that I love Christmas.

How much privacy can teens expect?
Privacy can be as near as a closed door.< But for teens and their parents, privacy is more than an open and shut issue.

People who stand out make conformists of everyone else
When we were young, our parents basically did everything for us. They tied our shoes, picked out our clothes, combed our hair.

'12 Days of Christmas' might be Catholic code

'12 Days of Christmas' might be Catholic code
Do you like to sing Christmas carols? I do. I love singing about sledding through the snow and roasting chestnuts on an open-fire, but nothing can beat the traditional melodies to the best-known Christmas songs.

People who stand out make conformists of everyone else

How much privacy can teens expect?

Man pays town's electricity bills

Guinea pig safe after parachute jump